Respiratory Therapist I
Under the supervision of the Respiratory Care Services Medical Director and Department Manager, the Respiratory Therapist I is responsible for providing respiratory care in accordance with physician orders, department policy and therapist driven protocols. The Respiratory Therapist I will assess, evaluate and administer respiratory care and life support to patients with deficiencies and abnormalities of the cardiopulmonary system in adult general floor and intensive care, adult/pediatric emergency department, and pediatric general floor care areas.
Coordinate and manage respiratory care to ensure that patient’s needs are met and hospital policy is followed
Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the differences in technique and treatment modalities as performed on various age-specific groups such as pediatric, adolescent, adult and geriatric
Document all pertinent data in the medical record before, during and after patient interventions
Maintain a thorough knowledge of electronic health record, departmental forms, flow charts, logbooks and their proper usage
Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of various methods of oxygen delivery, oxygen concentrations and flows.
Administer inhaled medications through a variety of modalities and evaluate patient response to therapy
Perform arterial blood gas puncture, analysis and interpretation on pediatric and adult patients
Respond to airway emergencies, rapid response and cardiac arrest calls in all areas of the hospital
Initiate and manage mechanical ventilation along with associated critical care duties
Manage, operate, clean and test equipment safely and correctly as outlined in hospital policy
Administer skin test antigens and measure response
Develop a plan of care and provide education on disease management to pediatric and adult patients and their families
Participate in daily interdisciplinary patient rounds with physicians, registered nurses, and allied health professionals
Attend department meetings, huddles, and education opportunities to maintain professional competency
Participate in performance and process improvement activities and provide feedback
EDUCATION: Associate degree from a CoARC accredited Respiratory Care Program required. Additional relevant experience may substitute for lack of education upon Supervisory and HR approval.
EXPERIENCE: None required.
LICENSURE OR CERTIFICATION: Registered Respiratory Therapist (RRT) credential from the National Board for Respiratory Care (NBRC), current Arizona License to Practice Respiratory Care, and current American Heart Association Basic Life Support (BLS) certification are required. American Heart Association Advanced Cardiovascular Life Support (ACLS) and Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS) certifications are preferred.